“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ― Henry James
“Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly.” ― Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets
“The beauty of that June day was almost staggering. After the wet spring, everything that could turn green had outdone itself in greenness and everything that could even dream of blooming or blossoming was in bloom and blossom. The sunlight was a benediction. The breezes were so caressingly soft and intimate on the skin as to be embarrassing.” ― Dan Simmons
I hope you are well and happy and enjoying this beautiful glistening summertime. I hope you are having a lovely holiday weekend. This weekend I am praying that we can get back to practicing the principles upon which our country was founded...liberty and justice for all...may it be so...We can begin by celebrating our interdependence at our Sangha gathering this evening at 6 at the UU Church at the Lily Pads Complex on North Road in Peace Dale. We will be enjoying sitting and walking meditation, listening to some readings from Creating True Peace, sharing the Dharma and Reciting the Trainings. It will be wonderful to be able to be together again.
PRAYER REQUESTS Our dear friend Sandy Laub has asked to be remembered. Her daughter continues to suffer with a very serious illness. Please keep Sandy and her family in your prayers and in your heart. You can send a note of support to email@example.com
Our dear friend Eva has also asked to be remembered. Her son continues to suffer with a very serious illness also. You can send love and prayers and a note to her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also our friend Lisa Giordano had an accident and is continuing a long recovery. Please send her love and prayers. email@example.com
Also some of you probably remember Dean Barnard. He sat with our Sangha very near it's beginning for several years and then moved south to warmer climes. He passed away on Wednesday. He was a wonderful, generous, funny man with a very big heart. I will let you know when there might be a ceremony for him. In the meantime, please hold his daughter Anni in your hearts and prayers.
There are lots of wonderful opportunities for practice -
As I said the last time, registration for the Cape Sangha Retreat is open. It is a lovely retreat in a beautiful setting on Cape Cod. If you would like to join us, please register as soon as you are able. You can get the info and registration forms at joannefriday.com/calendar
Blue Cliff Monastery is offering lots of retreats this summer. A Wake Up Retreat, A Retreat with the Plum village Monastics (info below) for info about these and others....go to https://www.bluecliffmonastery.org/schedule-of-events/
Engaged Practice We are living in a time when it is important to put our practice into action. In the last email I sent the list of resources from the Aldersgate retreat. Thay has always taught us that "Compassion is a verb". Right now there is a health care bill pending that would disenfranchise millions of people.. You might want to write some love letters to our friends in Washington to voice your concerns ...all of the contact info is at https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials We also need to remember to send them lots of metta.
There is an on line book study group being offered by the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation. The first three chapters of the book, "One Buddha is not Enough" have been covered by Brother Phap Hai from Deer Park Monastery. The last book they covered was "The Sun My Heart" and those talks and study guides are still available at this site also https://www.thichnhathanhfoundation.org/bookclub Enjoy!
Also, here is a video clip that illustrates the power of understanding and of HUGS!
SAVE THE DATE!!! Water some seeds of joy! The annual RI Community of Mindfulness Picnic will be held at Colt State Park on Sept 30. Hope you can come!
with much love and the joy of sharing this lovely trip around the sun with you, Joanne
Awakening Together - 2017 US Tour Retreat August 23-27: Together We Are One
Every two years we host this very special event established by our teacher, Thay Thich Nhat Hanh. As in our previous tour, Thay will not be able to attend due to health limitations. However, his spirit is very much a part of this retreat and is embodied in the Sangha of 60 monastics from Plum Village, Blue Cliff, Magnolia Grove, and Deer Park Monasteries who will come together for the Tour. Please join us to manifest healing, nourishment, and peace together as a spiritual family.
Given the current challenges we face as a society, we know how important it is to stay solid and connected to each other. As we train ourselves to be more deeply in touch with our breath, body, feelings, and thoughts, we will quite naturally experience for ourselves the wonderful refreshing and healing elements that come from mindful living. Cultivating mindfulness in all of our daily activities, we concretely contribute to wellbeing and transformation in ourselves and in the world. We grow in our capacity to respond to life in ways that bring peace and healing. Whether you are young or old, new to or more experienced in the practice of mindfulness, we welcome you to join us for this retreat. Families with children and teens are warmly welcomed. Scholarships available.